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Our favorite fitness trackers will help coax you off the couch

The fitness wrist band remains very popular, despite the growing attraction of smartwatches, which can perform many of the same functions, with added convenience and all that notification goodness. The reason fitness bands aren’t going anywhere is they’re often well-priced, lighter, more compact, and more focused as a product than even the most basic smartwatch.

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If you’re looking for a wrist band to help motivated you get more exercise, track your calories, or even keep a log of your sleep patterns, then you’ll probably be surprised by the amount of choice out there. We’ve collected seven of our favorite fitness tracking wearables, to help make the buying process a little easier.

The Best

Garmin VivoSmart ($80)

Garmin VivoSmart

The Garmin Vivosmart Activity Tracker merges activity tracking tools with a long battery life. “Smart Notifications” will display notifications of incoming calls, texts, and emails. Garmin’s premium tracker also records sleep time and a number of activities including swimming. The understated OLED screen will display plenty of data on the face of the bracelet including time, day of the week, date, and common activity tracker metrics like steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and steps needed to reach the goal. When paired with optional heart and bicycle sensors, the Vívosmart can also log heart rate and bike speed. And those who own one of Garmin’s VIRB action cameras can use the Vívosmart as a remote control to start and stop recording, or snap a still shot.

Despite all those nifty features, the VivoSmart has the heart and soul of an activity tracker. In seconds, the vivosmart will pair with your phone, or with heart and bicycle sensors and log your info on Garmin Connect. It’ll allow you to set goals and even compete with friends to earn virtual badges. Also included is the move bar alert that will vibe every time you go an hour without walking. Read our full review here.

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The Rest

Pivotal Living Band ($12)


Pivotal Living’s fitness band is one of the cheapest ones you can buy, but it’s also very fully featured. It can track all the same metrics as a Fitbit, including distance, step count, calorie burn, and your sleep quality. The band sports a small screen, so you can check your metrics or see the time. If you’re really dedicated, the companion app can help you track your nutrition and hydration, too. The main difference is that the $12 price tag is actually an annual subscription, but each year you renew your plan, Pivotal Living will send you a new band. Read our full review here.

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Fitbit Charge HR ($148.50)

Fitbit Charge HR (8.50)

Five day battery life means the Charge HR will be there to track all your activities in real time. Steps, minutes active, calories burned, and distance traveled can all be recorded. You can even enter your meals and it’ll track the amount of calories consumed. Sleep tracking feature will log your light and deep sleep and a caller ID will display incoming phone calls on the band’s display. The Charge HR also features an updated clasp designed to stay on your wrist when you decide to do cartwheels. It also has a heart rate monitor, which ensures that your stats are accurate. Read our full review here.

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Runtastic Moment ($130+)

Runtastic Moment

Runtastic is best-known for its amazing running and fitness app, but it’s also made wearables. Now, Runtastic plans to woo fashion-conscious fitness freaks with the gorgeous Moment — an analog watch with a progress bar and LED light that syncs with your phone to give you stats on your activity. It tracks distance travelled, steps taken, calories burned, and sleep. The Moment comes in a variety of styles and sizes to suit every taste, whether you prefer a sporty look, a classic watch, or something funky. The best part? You never have to charge it. Read our hands on review here.

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Withings Activité Pop ($190)

Withings Activite Pop

Withings showed us fitness trackers didn’t need to be dull black wristbands when it introduced the Activite watch, but all its style came with at a very high $450 price. That’s why the Activite Pop is the one to buy at $100, or less if you shop around. It has the same tracking functionality, so keeps watch on steps, calories, and sleep patterns. Plus it’s waterproof to 5 ATM, so you can wear it swimming. The compromises come in materials. The Activite Pop has a soft silicone band, an anti-scratch screen, and a PVD-coated matte finish body. Read our full review here.

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